WAVERLY, N.Y. - Two Athens Area High School seniors recently made a slam dunk with their senior project.

Recently, seniors Luke Wright and Ray McDougan held a bowl-a-thon at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly, N.Y. with proceeds going to the Athens Boys Basketball Booster Club for the purchase of new team apparel for both the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams.

According to Luke's mother, Pam, more than $1,500 was raised at the event. She is the treasurer of the booster club. The money will be applied to the total cost of the apparel, which includes travel suits and bags.

"I think it's a great idea," she said. She noted that a total of 33 people took part in the bowl-a-thon.

Pam said the event turned out well, and others showed up, in addition to those bowling.

"Some people just came to support the kids and donate money, so it was a success."

She said Luke and Ray did all the work for the bowl-a-thon, recruiting people for the event and making fliers to post around the town. They also advertised it on Facebook.

Luke, 18, one of the captains on the basketball team, has been on the varsity team for four years and Ray, 17, has been on the team for two years.

Luke's grandmother, Mary Lou Kitchen of Sayre, also approved of the bowl-a-thon.

She said that she tries to attend the basketball games on a regular basis. Luke's other grandmother, Nancy Fassett, also attended.

Athens High School Assistant Principal Bill Clark was one of the bowlers.

"I think it's a really nice idea," he said.

He noted that school budgets are tight, and the bowl-a-thon was a help financially.

"Every sports program in every school is barely getting by with the bare minimum as best they can," he said.

In addition to Clark, the junior varsity basketball coach, Cody White, and varsity basketball coach, Bob Fauver, bowled. David Bennett, the team manager, also bowled.

Fauver said, "I thought it was a good idea, something different. It got the team together on a Sunday, and they got to bond a little."

Pam said she thanks everyone for the donations and Greg Joseph of the Valley Bowling Center for allowing the use of the facility.

She said the Valley Bowling Center worked out well for the bowl-a-thon. It lasted about two hours.

Pam said everyone enjoyed themselves.

"It was fun to watch the kids. They had a good time, they raised a lot of money, and it's going to serve its purpose. Luke and Ray were excited."

If you would like to make a donation, call Luke at 570-423-1618.